Better Posture Leads to Posture Confidence
Despite considerable evidence that posture affects physiology and function, the significant influence of posture on health is not addressed by most physicians
- Dr. Ann Jenkins
Walk Tall & Carry a Big Stick.
What is 'posture confidence'?
Here's an explanation: It’s a well known fact that correct posture enhances ones breathing, reinforces optimal physical alignment, eases pain and increases energy levels; but now a new study suggests that it also affects a person’s self image.
Researchers at Ohio State University state that a good correct posture makes one feel good about themselves and this, in turn, works wonders in terms of self confidence. This is also known as 'Posture Confidence'.
Richard Petty, professor of psychology at the university and co-author of the study said, “Most of us were taught that sitting up straight gives a good impression to other people. But it turns out that our posture can also affect how we think about ourselves. If you sit up straight, you end up convincing yourself by the posture you’re in, hence posture confidence.”
Details of the study: The researchers conducted a study to examine whether a good posture bestows confidence in ones convictions. They recruited 71 volunteers as part of an experiment.
The subjects were seated at a computer terminal and instructed to adopt two different poses, either a half slouching position or one of sitting up straight with chests puffed out.
These two groups were then split. One group was asked to write down three positive personal traits while the other half had to jot down three negative personal traits that might impact their job performance.
The students were then asked to rate themselves as future professionals.
The researchers noted that those who assumed a slouching posture rated themselves more negatively, and the subjects who adopted an upright confident posture were much more likely to believe the positive things they had written about themselves.
“Their confident, upright posture gave them more confidence in their own thoughts, whether they were positive or negative,” says Petty.
The findings of the study clearly indicate that a person’s thoughts are influenced by their posture although they are not aware of it.
Petty stated, “People assume their confidence is coming from their own thoughts. They don’t realize their posture is affecting how much they believe in what they’re thinking. If they did realize that, posture wouldn’t have such an effect.”
He added, "It turns out that improving our posture can also affect how we think about ourselves. Sitting up straight is something you can train yourself to do. Anyone can experience the psychological benefits of confidence gained from posture."
The research was published in the October issue of the European Journal of Social Psychology.
- The Medguru (OCT 8. 2009)